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    photo labs in/near chicago?

    Currently, my darkroom is at school. When school ends about a month from now, I can't do anything but shoot film and let it sit. Are there any (preferably inexpensive) labs south of chicago, around tinley and orland park, that will develop 120 film?

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    Use this site to help find a lab. All you need to do is supply your zip code then a list of labs will come up. You'll have to do some calling about film processes they provide.
    http://www.ipiphoto.com/
    "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit"
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    I just wanted to update this as there has been some considerable changes in the local labs.

    1. Helix has stopped processing film.
    2. Phoenix Imaging was sold to a digital printing company and they have moved to Lake Street near downtown. In the basement of that building, Gamma Imaging is located. Phoenix and Gamma both do good work (C41&E6). I think Gamma actually outsources some stuff to Phoenix. Also, both of them outsource B&W processing to some *mystery* entity in Evanston.
    3. Central Camera used to use Helix for a lot of their stuff. They now send it to Dwayne's in Kansas.
    4. CSW still does E6 and C41, but not B&W.

    As far as I know those are the only three "pro" film labs left in the area. If anyone has more info, please share.

    One more thing, Printlab does B&W processing, but focuses on high end printing projects, both darkroom and digital.

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    Looks like Helix is going out of business entirely, so I guess it's a good thing they stopped processing film a little earlier :-(

    I used to drop off my E6 at Helix's Highland Park location (and they'd run it downtown and back) because I work near there, but when that closed a couple of years ago I switched to CSW and just mail it. Glad to hear they're hanging in there.

    Duncan

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    Not sure if you need a place to play, or just pay. You can play here:

    http://chicagocommunitydarkroom.org/
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    Well, Phoenix Imaging has been sold again and is now part of A&B Photo and Print, which specializes in headshots. Still the same equipment and employees (2) as before. They are now at 218 N. Jefferson, Lower Level, only a couple of blocks from their last stop.



 

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